New look for iconic North Leverton Windmill

North Leverton Windmill near Retford.
North Leverton Windmill near Retford.

With an annual increase in visitor numbers North Leverton Windmill has installed new signage and interpretation boards on all four floors.

The 200-year-old windmill has seen a number of major repairs to the beams in recent years and has also had four new sails erected.

The latest additions, funded by Notts County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), include new signage at the entrance giving opening times, details on the windmill’s charitable trust and how the windmill operates.

The four interpretation boards give details on how the mill works, what is produced and who uses it and the role of the resident miller.

Miller and chairman of the North Leverton Windmill Trust James Barlow said the new signage has been welcomed by the many visitors and groups who visit the windmill.

“The windmill has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the new signage and information panels have been a welcome addition,” he said.

“As visitors wander round they can read about how the windmill works, what is being produced and my role on a day to day basis.”

The mill, which is the only mill in the country that has never stopped working, produces white and wholemeal flour for sale to the general public and local restaurants and animal feed for local farmers.

Coun John Hempsall, who supported the latest LIS funding application, said: “This windmill is such an iconic landmark, not only in Bassetlaw, but in the whole county, and it is vital that we look after it for future generations.

“The Local Improvement Scheme funds projects that look at preserving the county’s heritage and the North Leverton Windmill is a fantastic example of that rich and colourful heritage.”